John Richardson's blog
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his Treasurer Wayne Swan were bent on a progressive thinking educated Australia which would be built from a fairer disbursement of sovereign wealth, according to credible parliamentary sources. The Stringer was told that Mr Rudd and Mr Swan were both adamant that other business sectors of Australia could not be hit for tax hikes till the resources sector was finally brought into line.
Awstrayla’s mighty midget Metternich, Foreign Affairs Minister, Bob Carr, has walked away from a written undertaking to raise the case of Julian Assange in talks with the Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, next week.
In the bewildering battle of ideas, ideology and spin, facts are important.
If you're inclined to take a long-term view of politics, the hand-wringing on whether Julia Gillard should stay or go is really just so much white noise.
Labor is in crisis, but not principally for the reasons that occupy the commentariat.
A week before Cardinal Timothy Dolan is set to leave New York for Rome, where his name is being floated as a contender in the conclave to elect the next pope, he was grilled for hours behind closed doors in a legal deposition concerning child sexual abuse by priests.
Julia Gillard's lack of leadership has spurred on her inevitable demise.
To paraphrase Labor's campaign slogan in 1972, it's only a matter of time. Politically, Julia Gillard is a dead woman walking. The Prime Minister may dismiss the latest polls, but the trend is clear. With a trio of polls all pointing in the same direction, they spell her certain demise.
Bob Katter wants to dominate the electoral map, but according to former insiders the maverick federal MP has an abrasive way of carving out his party in his own image.
By dividing, Labor hopes to rule again. But this admission of failure repudiates its most successful period in office.
The theme of the Gillard government's election campaign has now emerged into the light of day. Although no one in Labor has yet stated it clearly as a single coherent idea, it's to be a campaign on "values".
It is a dark underworld of kidnapping and forged passports, of straw companies and assassinations.
A place where young Australians with clean identities become invaluable assets to secretive spy agencies such as the Mossad.
My Global Mail colleague Michael Bowers once had the pleasure of talking to one of Kevin Rudd’s primary school teachers, and learned that even back then, Kevin was a little know-it-all.
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a black hole in the budget ….
Former NSW mines minister Ian Macdonald secretly controlled a Singapore coal trading company which was set up in May 2008 six days after he asked the mines department for information about coal tenements over a farm owned by Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid.
One score years ago and 10, I was in a remote country town waiting patiently for a meeting to finish, then for another meeting to start and finish, so that I could hold a meeting with the people I had come to see. They were, of course, Aborigines of the more conscientious type, which is to say that if they had wanted they could have spent all day, every day, 365 days a year at meetings, mostly with bureaucrats.
Something interesting is happening in Australia.